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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love Bites

I have two guilty pleasure in life. These are things that make me ALMOST as happy as spending time with my family (since nothing can top that!). The first is crafting, especially with my Cricut. Between my cricut, my paper trimmer, my new Cuttlebug and my Gypsy, I have truly turned crafting obsessed.

My second guilty pleasure is silly paranormal romance novels, the cheesier the better! As an English teacher, I encourage my students to read on a daily basis. I teach them fantastic classics, such as Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird and more. When I get home, however, I just want to unwind. Sometimes that means reading as mindless a novel as I can get my hands on. In the classic tradition of cheesy paranormal romances, I can very much appreciate a good vampire, were creature or fairy story with the best of them.

With this in mind, I decided to make a Valentine's Day card for a good friend of mine. She is also an English teacher and we often bond over the latest novel in the next best vampire series. I thought I would take Valentine's day in a totally different direction and I think this card pays proper homage to vampires everywhere.


Card base

1. DCWV La Creme Stack - cut a piece of 12" x 12" card stock down to 12" x 6" and scored at 6" to make the card. I used my bone folder to get a nice crease.

2. Cut a piece of Recollections pink card stock to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" - Then, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder. The folder wasn't big enough so I did half and then lined it up and ran the other half through.

3. Added a piece of black card stock cut to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" - before adhering it with monoadhesive, I added a piece of stretch lace ribbon and folded it around the back. I secured it with scotch tape in the back since you can't see it under the layer.

4. I topped off the card with a top layer cut to 4" x 4" from the DCWV Mariposa Matstack


The pink and red heart are from a new Recollections 1 Lb Assorted diecut bag I picked up on clearance for only $4.99 last weekend. I used a white Galaxy gel pen to add the stitching. These were adhered with one layer of pop dots.

The flying vampire heart is from the Cricut Rock Princess this one!!
The image is <Heart2> on p. 44 and was cut at 2". The shadow is black, the base cut is white, The shift is the dark pink,  layer 1 is red and layer 1 shift cut is light pink. I added my own hybrid sentiment by using a studio G stamp for the word LOVE on one wing and then using a stamping marker to write the word "Bites" in script on the other wing.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


  1. Cute! Thank you for playing along with us at Scrappy Moms Stamps! XOXO

    - Mel

  2. Very cute card! Thanks for joining us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  3. Love your choice of colors! It is a very original and creative card.

    Happy Valentines'Day and thank you again for joining us at the Cuttlebug Spot!

    Cuttlebugs & hugs

  4. Love the winged heart, very different. Thanks for joining in at the Cuttlebug Spot this week.

  5. What a great idea! Love your embossing and the little lace detail that comes thru! Very cute!

  6. So cute and fun, your friend will love it! I love that heart cut too and the colors are great.
    Thanks for playing with us at FCCB!

  7. Love your card. The hearts are awesome and the colors you used rocked. thanks for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  8. Hi there -- saw your card on FCCB and love it! What vampire novels do you read? I'm in the middle of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Have you read it? I usually read things with more literary merit, but gosh -- I'm totally Team Eric. :)

    Ending my nerdiness here...LOL...


    1. Thankds Jessica! Love the nerdiness...I am out of control. Love the Sookie series. The 2nd to last in the series was a little disappointing, but the one after it got better. I am an English teacher, so I spend all day, every day, with the classics. When I get home, I DEFINITELY need I also like the Chicagoland series, Love at Stake series & Jane Jameson series...all very silly but super fun!!

  9. Fabulous card - love the bright pink!
    Thanks for playing at the Cuttlebug Spot...I hope you'll join us tomorrow for another fun challenge!
    Helen x

    PS - please consider turning off word verification...the new version makes it virtually impossible for those with eyesight problems or dyslexia to leave a comment :0(

    1. Hi Helen,
      I had looked all over Blogger to figure out how to turn it off, but it turns out you can't turn it off with the new blogger interface. I switched to the old one to turn it off and then switched back, so I hope it will stay that way. Thanks for the heads up!